UK Run 6 : Oxford

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Date : 20th October, 2018

Time : 1h 7’ 14”

Number of runners (total to date) : 10 (2536)

Total distance run to date : 1560 km + 60 km in the UK

Run map and details :  https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3107745192

Oxford really is an astoundingly beautiful place. Especially on a sunny October afternoon with its dreamy spires sharply silhouetted against a crystal clear blue sky.

The run started at St Edmund Hall, crossed the High St., turned down Logic Lane and out onto the cobblestones of Merton St. Left into Christchurch Meadow

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and then left again down Broad Walk to the River Cherwell and the punting students.

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We followed Christchurch Meadow Walk round to the Thames, past rowing students and down Poplar Walk to Christchurch and a group photo.

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Out of Christchurch Meadow onto St Aldate’s, Carfax, the High St, Turl St, Brasenose Lane and the Radcliffe Camera.

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Into the inner court of the Bodleian Library for a group photo outside the philosophy library (not a door I recall frequenting as often as I no doubt should have done..).

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The plan was to pass through the Bodleian to the Sheldonian Theatre but there was a wedding taking place so we were ushered out and headed for the Bridge of Sighs.

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Down windy New College Lane to St Edmund Hall, back out onto the High St, past Magdalen College,

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over Magdalen Bridge, past Magdalen College School, and on to the world famous Iffley Road running track.

World famous because Iffley Rd was where Sir Roger Bannister

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ran the first sub 4 minute mile.rtw oxford 14

By now we’d run 5km and the idea was to run the second 5 km on the Iffley Rd track and to stop with about 4 laps to go and run a mile in memory of Sir Roger who died earlier this year.

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Mick tells me that my mile took 6’46” – just the 3 minutes slower than Sir Roger…. Room for improvement as Mick put it!

We were limited in the numbers we could take on the run and there were fewer of us than on many of the Run the World 10kms. However, many of my favourite people in the world either joined or supported the run and it felt like it was small but perfectly formed.

The one sobering note was that I learnt that Howard Orme, who did PPE at Teddy Hall with Caroline, Nic and me, died of pancreatic cancer earlier this year. It’s always bloody cancer these days.

RIP Howard.

It just remains for me to say a huge thank you to all the runners, supporters and donors : my father David, Marit, Mick, Caroline, Nic, Mike, Julian, Lai, Sarah, Tony, Andrew, Morgane, Martin and Matt. To Gareth, Tom, Sue and Martin at St. Edmund Hall for all the support and hospitality; to Sally and everyone at Christchurch College for giving us permission to run in Christchurch Meadow, ; and to Jon, Rosie and the Oxford University Sports Club for the run at Iffley Road.

I very much hope to see you all in London on July 4th 2020 for the UK (and final) leg of Run the World!

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About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/ - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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